My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Arthur Pepper has lost his wife and, a year after her death, starts to clear our her belongings. At the bottom of a boot, he finds a charm bracelet with a phone number on one of the charms. Arthur phones the number and finds that, far from being the quiet and sedentary person he thought, Miriam has had an exciting and varied life before she meets him. Arthur wants to know if all he knew about his wife was a lie, so he sets off on an adventure of his own to find out.
This is a lovely story, very reminiscent of Harold Fry and other gentle stories of that ilk. Arthur is a great character, starting off as appearing colourless and gradually learning more about himself as we get to know him at the same time.
The characters that he meets are also really well written – not all of them are very nice but they all certainly have an interesting element to them.
I found this book very easy reading and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wanted a thoughtful story to hold their attention.